I remember seeing this on the news several weeks ago.
I was quite impressed that recording technology actually went that far back.
But one thing that will always upset me is that we didn't get any recordings from the 2 greatest pianistic masters with this technology. As already stated above, Chopin was already dead... but Liszt... well, he died in 1886, right? It's a shame we couldn't have gotten a recording, even a small one of horrible quality, of the master of the piano. I'll actually admit... though I used to despise Liszt with a passion, I'm now finding his works more tolerable, even quite likeable in some aspects. Though, some aspects still annoy me to no end. I just spent around an hour reading his biography on wikipedia (it's quite long), and after reading so much about his amazing technique, I'd really have liked to have it.
Thank God they had better recording technology available for Rachmaninoff though... I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't hear him playing. If what they say about Liszt is true, then I can certianly see why he'd be the master of the piano. But Rachmaninoff is surely in my opinion, 2nd to him.
If only we could ressurect Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Thalberg, Scriabin, etc. in order for them to make recordings with modern equipment. Imagine if we were to hear the masters play their works as originally intended.
"This is death! This is death as this emanation of the female which leads to unification ... death and love ... this is the abyss." This is not music", said [Sabaneev] to him, "this is something else..." - "This is the Mysterium," he said softly.